Israel’s 60th Birthday

Salute to Israel Parade: London 2008 by Dave
June 30, 2008, 12:31 pm
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Footage and reporting from the recent demo against the Salute to Israel parade.  A parade which was designed to celebrate 60 years since the rape, massacre and transfer that constituted the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and birth of Israel.

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Indymedia: Today, a series of non-violent protest actions disrupted the ‘Salute to Israel’ parade. The parade celebrated 60 years since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. Activists wished to remind the public that since its inception, Israel has been maintained through the constant oppression of the Palestinian people, in particular through ethnic cleansing.

The ‘Salute to Israel’ parade was a shameful show of support to a government engaged in war crimes. Sponsors included the Jewish National Fund, an organisation deeply involved in the colonisation of Palestinian land as well in anti-Palestinian discrimination within Israel. Activists wish to stress that the British government’s authorisation, protection and support of this event is entirely unacceptable.
En route, the parade was greeted by activists with red dye on their hands to symbolise the blood of Palestinians killed by the Israeli government. In Tafalgar Square, both fountains turned red and a Palestinian flag was unfurled at the entrance of the National Gallery. An activist climbed up a big screen which had to be turned off for most of the event. Also, another group attempted to get onto the roof of the National Gallery in order to unfurl a banner but were arrested in the process.

Deir Yassin and Tantura are but two of the most (in)famous massacres perpetrated by Zionist forces against Palestinians in 1948. Over 530 Palestinian towns and villages were destroyed, and nearly two-thirds of the native Palestinian people, around 750 000 people, were forced to flee.

Ethnic cleansing continued beyond 1948, taking various forms from all-out massacres and military attacks to house demolitions and the unceasing oppression of Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. The Apartheid Wall, mostly built on Palestinian land, is one of the means through which the Israeli government attempts to annex Palestinian land without its people. In Israel, politicians, the media and a section of public opinion openly evoke the ‘transfer’ of Palestinians whom they describe as a ‘demographic threat’.

Ethnic cleansing is simultaneously a war crime and a crime against humanity under international law.


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The bizarre thing was was that the Zionists, the supporters of one of the worlds most powerful and influential countries in the world, were angry and shouted abuse at the protestors! I was thinking, hang on, in ur shoes I would smile smugly, and would not bother with such alteractions. So the question is, why were they intimidated? maybe these protests have an effect after all….

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Comment by david


There are a mere 12 Million Jews in the entire world yet they have received 182 Nobel Prizes.
The Muslims number 1.4 Billion (with a very big “B”)… or 117 times the number of Jews! Based upon this 117:1 Muslim-to-Jewish ratio, one might expect the Muslims to have 24,920 Nobel Laureates.
They have NINE! and one of them [Arafat] is a murderer (Allahu Akbar, indeed!)

Comment by david

I was there!!

Comment by Habiba

Time NEVER goes backwards. The world will NEVER perceive the actions of genocide committed by Hitler as benevolent. The spirit of the Israeli people’s Palestinian cousins will NEVER die, just as the Jewish people’s spirit will NEVER die. And the Israeli people will NEVER exist in a state of harmony, even if every single Palestinian is killed – such are the laws of Nature. One can NEVER turn back the clock. But one CAN learn to FORGIVE one’s enemies and to work WITH one’s neighbours, not against them – and thereby one CAN change the future, so that with every single second of time passing from the moment when Israel forgives its Palestinian cousins and turns the other cheek, the people of Israel may be perceived as benevolent. PLEASE, Israel, think about the future and what you can do to contribute POSITIVELY towards it. You will NEVER be alone.

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